Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday has announced a complete lockdown from July 16 to July 31 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, essential services will be still in force.
According to Modi, “The Bihar government has decided on a 15-day lockdown from July 16 to July 31. All city municipalities, district headquarters, block headquarters will stay under lockdown.”
Here’s the complete list of what’s allowed and not allowed during the lockdown:
- Hospitals and all the related medical establishments
- Banks, insurance offices and ATMs
- Print and electronic media
- Shops, including ration shops, dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish
- Sports complexes and stadium will open but no spectators allowed
- Hospitality services, including hotels, motels and lodges
- Industrial establishments with strict implementation of necessary precautions against Covid-19 as well as social distancing measures
- Taxis, auto-rickshaws will be permitted across Bihar
- Transportation of goods
- In line with the Union government guidelines, air and train transport will remain functional
- Private vehicles only for permitted activities as per the new guideline
- All essential service providers will be allowed to commute from home to the workplace.
What’s not allowed?
- All educational, training, research and coaching institution
- All places of worship, no religious congregation permitted
- All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural functions/ gatherings, parks
- Commercial and private establishments
Around 20 staff members at the Bihar Governor’s house tested positive for the deadly coronavirus on Wednesday. The Raj Bhavan in Patna is house to Phagu Chauhan, the 29th Governor of Bihar.
The coronavirus cases in Bihar is spiking up. With 1,320 fresh positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the state’s tally of the total number of infections reached 20,173 on Wednesday. According to the Bihar Health Department, 13,019 patients have been recovered so far. With this, the recovery rate touched 69.06%. The number of active cases in the state stands at 5,659.